March 4, 2015
LOGAN, W.Va. – The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will present Cora Lee Hairston, a Logan County resident, in a Black History program titled “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13. The program is free and open to the public.
Hairston will share the story of Rosa Parks’ achievements beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continue to perform and answer questions for students and other visitors throughout the day.
Hairston, who is well-known throughout southern West Virginia as a musician, author and gospel music writer, has been a speaker at area schools for years. She is a child advocate and 20-year veteran of the Logan County Improvement League. She also was the radiology coordinator for Logan General Hospital, retiring after 30 years of service.
She has performed at the annual Aunt Jennie Festival and published her first novel, Faces Behind the Dust, in 2013. The book traces the challenges, triumphs and tragedies of a young black woman coming of age in the southern West Virginia coalfields in the 1950s and 1960s.
Visitors also are welcome to tour the Museum in the Park and see the current exhibits. They include We Are Marshall; Railroads and Coal Mining in Southern West Virginia; DeHue: A Special Place; Ron Moxley Collection; Buffalo Creek; Communities Grieve; Early Farming in West Virginia; Blenko: West Virginia’s Gift to the World; Vandalia Award Winners; and the General Store. There also are quilts, textiles, looms, spinning wheels and a Conestoga Wagon made in the 1880s in Berkeley County on display.
For more information about the “Rosa Parks Portrayal” or other programs at Museum in the Park, contact Deborah Durham, site manager of the facility, at (304) 792-7229.
The Museum in the Park is a regional cultural center showcasing the best in West Virginia history and the arts. It features changing exhibits and displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum and the State Archives. One area of the museum is dedicated to local and regional history. It is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is four miles north of Logan on W.Va. Route 10 in Chief Logan State Park. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.